Liberty man killed in auto-pedestrian accident Wednesday

Liberty police are conducting a fatal auto-pedestrian accident investigation that occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in the 1700 block of FM 160 North in the City of Liberty.

Upon arrival of the officers, an accident investigation was conducted at the scene. The investigation indicated that a male riding a bicycle eastbound on FM 160 North when he was struck by 2018 Ford F150 that was also traveling eastbound on FM 160 North.

The driver of the Ford F150, Orae Laird, 33,of Daisetta, stopped at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The man on the bicycle was identified as Otis Patrick Bass, 46, of Liberty.

Bass was flown by Life Flight from the accident to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he succumbed to his injuries.

This accident is still currently under investigation.

Liberty Police Department wants to give special thanks to Liberty Fire/EMS and the citizens who assisted in the investigation.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. How many people need to die on this road before something is done about it? It’s a sad situation where people are hit by a vehicle pretty regularly on this road and liberty county doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a problem.

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